Find this restaurant with rooms, belonging to an expanding chain, close to the Bedlam Theatre, and aptly converted from a lunatic asylum.
While a bistro by name, the atmosphere is serious and might be considered too formal by those seeking a more light-hearted style.
The menu changes a little each month, but a summer snapshot brought the likes of 'Black Pudding Mousse with Poached Egg Salad'; 'Chilled Pea Soup'; ' Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Toasted Brioche' and 'Pan Fried Scallops with Pork Rillette, Beetroot & Pea Jelly' among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Pan-fried Turbot with Ratte Potatoes and Salmon Consommé'; 'Confit of Duck Leg with Pak Choi and Red Wine Jus'; 'Whole Squab Pigeon with Fricassé of Summer Beans' and 'Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille and Olive Mash' among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Gooseberry Fool with Lime Sorbet'; 'Honey-roasted Figs with Goats' Cheese Ice Cream; or Farmhouse Cheese, in peak condition.
No mobile phones.
If you plan ahead, you could stay overnight in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.30-15.00; mains £13 to £30; Sunday Brunch £19.95 (4 courses) + Children's reduction
- Dinner: all week 17.30-15.00; mains £15 to £30
- Seats: 66
- Wine: an impressive list, has its roots in France, but also travels the world. Prices are firm, and you might not necessarily be shown their list of wines offered by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Edinburgh Waverley Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available